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Troops Target Abu Sayyaf Leader

About 1,000 Philippine troops have been deployed to try to capture the leader of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebel group, a senior military official said yesterday. A local mayor said on Tuesday that he had seen the reclusive leader Khadaffy Janjalani and 70 heavily armed followers over the weekend near the shore of Palimbang, on the southern island of Mindanao. Janjalani is blamed by Manila for the deaths of US missionary Martin Burnham and Filipino nurse Ediborah Yap during a military rescue bid last year. He is one of the five top Abu Sayyaf leaders the US has offered a reward of up to US$5 million (S$8.8 million) for information leading to their capture. Full Story

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